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Thirty-Five Years of Research on Neuro-Linguistic Programming. NLP Research Data Base. State of the Art or Pseudoscientific Decoration?

Tomasz Witkowski1

Polish Sceptics Club, ul. Ciepła 15A/31, PL 50-524 Wrocław, Poland1

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Citation Information: Polish Psychological Bulletin. Volume 41, Issue 2, Pages 58–66, ISSN (Print) 0079-2993, DOI: 10.2478/v10059-010-0008-0, March 2011

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2011-03-14

Thirty-Five Years of Research on Neuro-Linguistic Programming. NLP Research Data Base. State of the Art or Pseudoscientific Decoration?

The huge popularity of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) therapies and training has not been accompanied by knowledge of the empirical underpinnings of the concept. The article presents the concept of NLP in the light of empirical research in the Neuro-Linguistic Programming Research Data Base. From among 315 articles the author selected 63 studies published in journals from the Master Journal List of ISI. Out of 33 studies, 18.2% show results supporting the tenets of NLP, 54.5% - results non-supportive of the NLP tenets and 27.3% brings uncertain results. The qualitative analysis indicates the greater weight of the non-supportive studies and their greater methodological worth against the ones supporting the tenets. Results contradict the claim of an empirical basis of NLP.

Keywords: neuro-linguistic programming; NLP; pseudo-science; psychotherapy

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